Monthly Archives: August 2015

The UN Is Using Virtual Reality to Make the Rich and Powerful Feel Empathy


“For years, people have been talking about the power of VR as a tool for building empathy.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos where some of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful people donned headsets to experience a slice of displaced life in Syria.

Gabo Arora is new media advisor for the UN and co-director… of a series of virtual reality documentaries… (made in collaboration with VR video app Vrse and filmmaker Chris Milk and some funding from VICE)… to connect people with real life in the strife-ridden parts of the world that too often remain distant and abstract.

In his former role as a senior policy advisor at the UN, Arora says he saw first-hand the disconnect that can exist between the powerful and those who live with the consequences of their decisions.”

By DOUG BIEREND at Motherboard

Photo: Doug Bierend

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Virtual Reality could change the way students learn


“Experiential learning is a really big and exciting opportunity that has been around for a long time,” said Professor Michael Phillips, who teaches about educational technology at Monash University. “But we’ve been restricted in what we can do, build, visit and touch. In creating virtual environments, there’s no limit to what we could do with students.”

Student teachers at Monash University are on the case, with Professor Phillips’ students studying ways to use the technology in the classroom.

And developers are keenly building educational programs for schools, where there is increasing appetite for educational gadgets or video games such as Minecraft.”


Photo: Justin McManus

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